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Netherlands - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

  • February 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 35 pages

The number of mobile subscribers in the Dutch market stalled towards the end of 2013, and has continued to grow only slowly, though this growth is largely due to the rapid development of the M2M sector. The slowdown partly reflects the maturity of the market, and the high penetration. In common with other advanced European markets, the LTE sector is the main driver, supported by the combination of high smartphone penetration, competitive pricing for mobile data bundles, and the universal coverage of LTE networks provided by the network operators.

Market revenue has been affected in recent quarters as a result of competition and regulatory measures on termination rates and roaming tariffs, as well as by consumer adoption of alternative messaging services, which has reduced the volume of SMS traffic.

Following the acquisition of Orange by T-Mobile in late 2007 there are only three network operators in the market. All provide wholesale services to MVNOs and resellers, and have focussed on HSPA and LTE infrastructure as a basis for developing mobile data services. Continuing growth in mobile data has stimulated the MNOs to trial broadcast TV services. Additional pressure on MNOs is coming from new regulations which ended the restriction by which SIM cards were owned only by MNOs, essentially paving the way for private network operators to develop M2M and other services.

Deutsche Telekom in late 2015 began exploring the possibility of selling its Dutch unit, noting that the highly competitive market is moving to a platform of converged services in which it is at a disadvantage. Within the mobile sector alone T-Mobile Netherlands is facing increased pressure from smaller operators such as Ziggo, which are also providing LTE services.

This report provides statistics and analyses on the Dutch mobile market, including a review of the key operators and regulatory issues, and an assessment of emerging mobile data services such as mobile TV, LTE-B and developments in carrier aggregation technologies.


Key developments:
Ziggo and Vodafone Netherlands form JV to exploit broadband and mobile capabilities; Vodafone Netherlands trials m-payment platform for public transport; 13,050 LTE antennae installed by December 2015; KPN offering LTE broadcast; T-Mobile Netherlands launches CA LTE-A services; government legalises carrier-free SIM cards; MNOs join with banks to launch m-payments system; Liberty Global merges Ziggo and UPC; decline in SMS as consumers switch to online messaging services; T-Mobile and Tele2 sign network sharing agreement; M2M numbers allocated; report update includes the regulator's market data, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report:
KPN, Orange Netherlands, Tele2, Versatel, Vodafone Netherlands.

Table Of Contents

Netherlands - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 SMS
3.3.2 Premium SMS (PSMS)
3.3.3 Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS)
3.4 Mobile broadband
3.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
3.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
4.1.1 2.6GHz
4.1.2 3.5GHz
4.1.3 Spectrum auction for LTE 2012
4.1.4 Cartel investigation 2012
4.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.4 Roaming
4.5 Network neutrality
4.6 Network sharing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 3G
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 General Packet Radio Services (GPRS)
5.2.2 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
5.2.3 Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.2.4 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
5.2.5 Location-based services (LBS)
5.2.6 Near Field Communication (NFC)
5.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 KPN
6.1.1 Telfort
6.2 Vodafone Netherlands
6.3 T-Mobile Netherlands
6.3.1 Orange Netherlands
6.3.2 Network contracts
6.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
6.4.1 Tele2
6.4.2 Versatel
6.4.3 Other resellers
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Mobile TV
7.2 M-payments
7.3 Satellite mobile
8. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile services market revenue 2006 - 2016
Table 2 Mobile services revenue by sector 2008 - 2013
Table 3 Historic - Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) 1999 - 2004
Table 4 Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) 2005 - 2016
Table 5 Total mobile traffic 2007 - 2016
Table 6 Market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 7 Prepaid and contract subscribers by market share (MNOS) 2008 - 2014
Table 8 Prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs) 2007 - 2014
Table 9 Data traffic 2008 - 2016
Table 10 SMS and data revenue 2008 - 2016
Table 11 SMS traffic 2008 - 2016
Table 12 Mobile broadband subscribers via laptops 2009 - 2013
Table 13 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 14 3G licence awards (spectrum, spectrum fees and admin fees) July 2000
Table 15 MTRs 2006 - 2008
Table 16 MTRs 2009 - 2012
Table 17 Wholesale termination revenue 2007 - 2015
Table 18 Wholesale terminated traffic 2010 - 2014
Table 19 Historic - Cumulative mobile numbers ported 2003 - 2009
Table 23 KPN LTE subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 24 M2M connections 2010 - 2016
Table 25 KPN mobile subscribers 1998 - 2015
Table 26 KPN mobile consumer retail and wholesale subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 27 KPN international mobile service revenue by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 28 KPN mobile monthly ARPU 2006 - 2015
Table 29 Vodafone Netherlands financial data 2007 - 2016
Table 30 Vodafone Netherlands subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 31 Vodafone Netherlands blended ARPU 2004 - 2015
Table 32 Vodafone Netherlands voice minutes 2004 - 2015
Table 33 T-Mobile Netherlands subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 34 T-Mobile Netherlands financial data 2006 - 2015
Table 35 T-Mobile Netherlands mobile service revenue 2007 - 2015
Table 36 T-Mobile Netherlands blended ARPU 2006 - 2015
Table 37 MVNO subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 38 Tele2 mobile subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 39 Tele2 mobile revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 40 Ziggo mobile subscribers 2014 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile services t revenue by sector 2008 2013
Chart 2 Total mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) 2002 2016
Chart 3 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2007 2014
Chart 4 SMS and data revenue 2008 2016
Chart 5 KPN Mobile consumer retail subscribers 2006 2015
Chart 6 KPN international mobile service revenue by operator 2006 2015
Chart 7 Vodafone Netherlands financial data 2007 2016
Chart 8 T-Mobile Netherlands financial data 2006 2015
Chart 9 MVNO subscribers 2005 2014
Exhibit 1 Premium SMS market feature overview by operator 2010
Exhibit 2 2.6GHz spectrum auction April 2010
Exhibit 3 Spectrum auction October 2012

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